Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52496

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Phalacrocoracidae
Genus:Phalacrocorax
Genus species:Phalacrocorax carbo

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:90 cm
Identification:The large cormorant has black feathers, a long neck and bill, a white face and chin, and white thigh patches.
Habitat:Coasts, estuaries, lakes, rivers
Diet:Carnivore: fish
Reproduction:Large cormorants nest in colonies. Each pair has 3-4 eggs, taking turns to incubate them for just over four weeks. The chicks can fly when they are seven weeks old.
Large cormorants are gregarious birds; they nest colonially and defend their nest area.
Behavior:Large cormorants can often be seen holding their wings out to dry.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the largest species in the family Phalacrocoracidae.

Other Information

Geographic:Europe
Asia
Southern New Guinea
Australia
New Zealand
Africa
Date:1974-01 Subjects:upright-perching water bird
Large cormorant
Great cormorant
Phalacrocorax
Cormorants
Pelecaniformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata